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Do me a favor and don’t be a victim to stupidity. Drunk driving is a serious offense that can easily exceed $10,000. And, don’t believe so-called DUI attorneys claiming a high success rate. There is a reason cops are successful in stopping drunks. And, the breath or chemical test is pretty proof positive, with the old days of fooling the test with Listerine a thing of the past.

With that in mind, here is a schedule of DUI activities from the Orange County Sheriff:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042

JHallock@ocsd.org

 

Winter Holiday Mobilization Schedule of Operations

SANTA ANA, Calif. (December 12, 2014) – The Southern California Avoid DUI Task Force is announcing its upcoming enforcement operations for the Winter Holiday DUI Campaign.  The following schedule of operations, dates, and locations are provided for broadcast.

 

DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint   

  • Friday December 12, 1900-0300, Cities of Garden Grove, Placentia & Tustin
  • Friday December 19, 1900-0300, Cities of Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Mission
    Viejo, Orange & Garden Grove
  • Saturday December 20, 1900-0300, City of Laguna Beach
  • Saturday December 27, 1900-0300, Cities of Westminster & Santa Ana
  • The City of Anaheim will be conducting additional DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoints with dates TBD.

 

DUI Saturation Patrols

  • Friday, December 12, 2000-0300, Cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine and La Habra
  • Saturday, December 13, 2000-0300, City of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Anaheim, Tustin and Brea
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2000-0300, City of Anaheim
  • Thursday, December 18, 2000-0300, City of Anaheim
  • Friday, December 19, 2000-0300, Cities of Anaheim & Costa Mesa
  • Saturday, December 20, 2000-0300, Cities of Anaheim & Irvine
  • Tuesday, December 23, 2000-0300, City of Anaheim
  • Saturday, December 27, 2000-0300, Cities of Anaheim, La Habra & Orange
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2000-0300, City of Anaheim
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2000-0300, Cities of Anaheim, Irvine, Placentia, Westminster and Brea
  • The City of Fountain Valley and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting additional Saturation Patrols with dates to be determined.

What’s the Problem, Officer?

I’m sorry, I am still laughing my ass off over this one and it is really a serious subject. If you haven’t seen the headline by now, it’s because the Register hid it on the Watchdog page where only the political junkies hang out. I can’t tell you if it hit the print page because I stopped my subscription long ago (note to delivery department – you can stop delivering the Sunday paper). I actually got this off the Sacramento Bee website which referred me back to the Register story. See what I go through to get you the truth?

It seems the former California GOP Chairman and all-things-OCGOP honcho Mike Schroeder found himself in a bit of hot water a few days ago. And, he did it in our town Tustin. It seems he was casually weaving from side to side on the southbound 55 around 3am at Edinger Avenue when the CHP noticed he was taking up more than his  allotted number of lanes. The officer that stopped him noted all the usual stuff you will see in a report on someone under the influence: watery eyes, slurred speech and that ever-present strong odor of alcoholic beverage (the Register, like most newspapers says alcohol. But alcohol has no odor in itself – it’s the beverage the officer smells – LEO101). They gave him a field sobriety test which, according to the report, he did not perform satisfactorily (I guess there is liability in saying he failed the test). So, they hauled him in and gave him a blood test, the results of which are pending.

Schoeder is the husband of Orange County District Attorney Spokewoman, Susan Kang Schroeder, who has been called the “dragon lady of Orange County” in some circles. In other circles, she has been called much worse. She was implicated in the termination debacle of OC Supervisor-elect Tod Spitzer, who accused her of masterminding a plot on behalf of her boss, Tony Rackauckus and fallen Public Guardian, John Williams over Tony’s beloved who worked for Williams. Of course, like good Republicans, they all came out of the dungpile smelling like a rose.

Farrah Emami, the real spokesperson for the OCDA’s office (but not for T-rack), said the case would be turned over to the Attorney General’s Office due to the relationship of Schroeder’s wife with the DA’s office. This is pretty good, considering our Attorney General, Kamala Harris, is a hardcore Democrat, just left of Karl Marx. When Al Stokke, another political hack here in the Real OC and Schroeder’s attorney said Schroeder would “deal with it responsibly”, I wonder if he realized the implications.

We wait avidly to see the outcome of this case. Schroeder, who everyone says is the DA’s closest personal advisor, will have a hard time getting out of this one. On the other hand, lots of people get busted for DUI and go on with their lives. I am still trying to figure out how he lived down this photo of him and Susan published in the OC Weekly last year.

This One’s on Me

You know, it is bad enough to see a crackpot racist like Villa Park Councilmember, Deborah Pauly, actually have the nerve to run for the Third District Orange County Board of Supervisors seat. She had little enough chance of winning the spot (or even a credible number of votes) as it is. Her dismal fundraising efforts so far are equaled only by her slim list of endorsements. We can only figure that endorsing Pauly on his way out of the state was Chuck Devore’s final flip of the middle finger to Todd.

A tip of the hat to the OC Weekly for showing us that, just when you don’t think you can fall any farther into the den of iniquity, well….. you can. It seems that a year ago, February 5th, Deborah and her hubby, James, were having a night out at a local restaurant where they must have inadvertently toasted Todd Spitzer. As they left the parking lot, they ran smack into a DUI checkpoint run by the Orange Police Department. According to the OCW story, James attempted to avoid the checkpoint by swerving into a driveway and crashed his Porsche on to the curb, getting stuck in the process. After he unstuck his car, he was stopped by an Orange Police Officer who asked why he collided with the curb. Pauly replied that he did not [hit the curb]. As an old DUI cop myself, I wish I was a bird on the wire listening to this conversation as the officer blithely pointed out the damage and oil leaking from the car.

From the OC Weekly:

“I smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from James’ person,” Plascencia wrote. “I saw James’ eyes were bloodshot, water, and they had a glossy appearance…I heard James slur his words heavily as he spoke.”

While Plascencia tried to administer a DUI test, another officer twice told Deborah to stay in the Porsche. James was so drunk that Plascencia repeatedly had to stop simple tests “for his safety” because James was swaying so much and nearly falling on his face. When Plascencia asked James which DUI test he’d prefer, he replied “Neither,” then yelled to Deborah–who was trying to walk to her husband despite having been told to stay near the bashed-up Porsche a third time–“he needed to submit to a blood or breath test.”

That could have been it. Deborah could have, and probably should have, shut her mouth and grabbed her phone to call a taxi. Instead, she asked if she could be allowed to drive her husband’s car home. Officer Armando Plascencia, who made the arrest, would not allow her because he also recognized the signs of inebriation in Deborah Pauly. And, in case you are wondering, OC Weekly bills this cop as the “Wilt Chamberlain of DUI arrests.” So, I think he would know an intoxicated person when he sees one.

The article goes on to say that James Pauly tried to slip off his handcuffs and he had to be further restrained by buckling him into the unit with his seatbelt (but, you would have done that for his safety anyway, right Armando?). He did finally take the blood test and was shown to have a BAC of .17. Now, remember, the legal limit is .08.

Deborah Pauly wears her conservative Christianity like the scent of Chanel No. 5. On her Twitter feed, which she recently blocked me from following, she has such interesting tidbits as,

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.” – Abraham Lincoln, great conservative president

“Muslim Terrorists Are Pure, Unadulterated Evil.”

Oh my goodness! Look at all of @toddspitzeroc’s churlishly furious tweeting while I was busy @ my Wednesday morning Bible study.

Well, there was nothing in there about drinking and driving. And, strictly speaking, she did have a designated driver. But, someone should have told her Abe Lincoln was a teetotaler.

To be fair, the article never says what Deborah Pauly ultimately did. And, contrary to what some may think, she did not seem to use her powerful position as a councilmember of a neighboring city….uh, town…. to try to wrangle her and her husband out of the mess they found themselves in. And, she did not decide to run for the Third District until way after this incident. And, it could have been a whole lot worse had she been the one behind the wheel. That’s a whole lot of ands.

Oh yeah, Tweeting? She has three times as many followers as Todd. Of course, she probably blocked him, too.

For Todd Spitzer’s part, he has not said a word about this incident, most likely because he knows it would serve no further purpose. Gale Bates, in a recent letter to the OCR editor said, ” The most egregious argument Todd Spitzer used was sexist when he said Deborah “Pauly is unsuited for office because of her temperament.” Of course, Todd could have said many things about Pauly to demonstrate her unsuitability for any office, let alone the Third District Supervisor. But, he didn’t have to. Pauly said, and did, it all.

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